The costs of obesity-related illnesses are well known to insurance companies, contrary to what some weight-loss surgery providers seem to think (Viewpoint, 9-23).
Insurance companies want to make sure that the services they cover will be the most effective and have the greatest chance of a successful, long-term outcome. Otherwise, the service will simply add to the high cost of health care with nothing to show for it. That is why insurance companies use guidelines when deciding to cover weight loss surgery: Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
There are a number of logical reasons why a conventional, medically …